Many of our congregations have contributed to the progress of the Dougbe River Presbyterian School, which opened in November 2012 and currently serves 154 students in a remote, impoverished region of eastern Liberia. It is the first school ever in Twarbo Region, which is part of Konobo District, which is part of Grand Gedeh County along Liberia’s border with Ivory Coast.
The school reopened on March 2, 2015 after being closed for seven months because of national precautions against the spread of the Ebola virus.
The school project began as the calling of Isaac Monah, a Presbyterian elder who left Twarbo as a refugee from civil war in 1990 and now lives in South Euclid, Ohio. In July 2011, the Presbytery of the Western Reserve adopted the project as a validated mission.
The school and the people of Konobo District have also benefited greatly from partnerships with Last Mile Health, which trains people from Konobo’s villages to be health-care workers there; Welthungerhilfe (aka German Agro Action), which has engineered major improvements to the area’s transportation system and water supply; and the United Nations Mission in Liberia.
Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build -- 2016 Buckeye Neighborhood
During the spring, summer, and early fall months of 2016, seven of our PWR congregations volunteered their time and energy towards rehabbing two houses in the Buckeye Neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland. Church members washed, painted, cleaned, laughed, measured, weeded, cooked, carried, drilled, hammered, and replaced flooring, all to create a more suitable living space for two families.
Big thanks to Covenant, Fairmount, Forest Hill, John Knox, Lakewood, Old Stone, and Western Reserve churches for their willingness to participate in the second version of this new Habitat initiative. We hope to see even more PWR congregations on board for the 2017 Build!
Read more about the Apostles Build here.
Visit the Apostles Build Facebook Album to see photos of the projects.